To say I was excited about this palette would be an understatement. Having seen various American beauty bloggers and bloggers talk about this, I got myself onto the waitlist at Cult Beauty to be notified as soon as it was released, and got in there straight away.
This palette contains 18 shades, and leans very warm toned so is perfect for this time of year and the pressed pigments are going to be ideal for the festive season too. It contains a mixture of satins, mattes and foils, with the foils being unlike any eyeshadow I've ever felt before. The colours are absolutely spot on, combining shadows for everyday wear (Suede, Coco, Sandalwood and Moon Dust are great for this) with some more 'out there' shades for when you want to go for more of a dramatic look.
The price point of this is absolutely insane coming in at £56, but (girl logic!) it averages out at £3 per shadow, which considering the foils are so beautiful, makes me able to justify it... just about.
The star shades of this palette are on the top row (and Blessed, from the second row!), and one thing to note is that these foils are designed to be applied with fingers to get the best pigmentation and finish. Huda also suggests that a fixing spray onto a brush, making it damp, will give a similar effect. When used with fingers, these come out so beautifully intense and are perfect for finishing of the look in the centre of the eyelid.
The shimmers are also highly pigmented (Angelic & Moondust)and Moondust is ideal for an inner corner highlight.
Where this palette lacks ever so slightly is on the mattes, black truffle is not the most pigmented matte black I own (Anastasia and Urban Decay both beat this one unfortunately) and flamingo doesn't come out as bright pink as I'd like. That said, the mattes do all blend together nicely when applying them with a brush and the pigmentation is better on some of the other mattes, namely Henna, Sandalwood, Maneater and Coco have a much better payoff.
I trialled these out, using Sandalwood in the crease, blended out with Henna and Maneater and deepening up with Coco and Black Truffle in the outer corners. I've used Moon Dust in the inner corner to highlight and Trust Fund right in the centre of the eye. These colours look great with green/brown eyes to really make them pop.
Despite the crazy price tag and a couple of disappointing mattes, on the whole this palette is really great and I can see myself using this A LOT over the next few months, especially to Christmas parties. I think Moon Dust may also have become my favourite inner corner highlight.
Have you managed to get your hands on this limited edition palette? What are your thoughts?